Why Choose the PA Program at JMU?

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JMU: The Engaged University

James Madison University has a vision "to be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world."  JMU defines the three elements of engagement as:  engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement.  Below are some examples of how the JMU Physician Assistant Program is meeting this vision:

Engaged Learning

Civic Engagement

The PA Program facilitates civic engagement through participation in "White Coats on Call" each year.  Visit the webpage for more details and photos.

Community Engagement

The Healthcare for the Homeless, Suitcase Clinic is a way for local volunteers to address health care concerns of the homeless population in the Harrisonburg community.  Rather than a permanent clinic setting, the Suitcase Clinic functions by maintaining medical supplies in large suitcases on wheels that personnel travel with to various homeless shelters in the community.   Learn more about the Suitcase Clinic

Student Organization

The physician assistant student society (PASS) is very active in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community; including participation in blood drives, free blood pressure screenings, children's health fairs, and more. Visit their webpage for examples and photos.

International Rotation Opportunities

As an option for the elective clinical rotation (PA 670), PA students may choose an international experience in Trujillo, Peru.